Coast Guard searching for 4 missing persons on luxury charter boat sank off Alaska.
Rescuers found one dead near a partially submerged boat near a small island near Sitka, Alaska, the Coast Guard said.
Sitka-based Kingfisher Charters, which operates comprehensive fishing tours, reported the missing vessel to the Coast Guard on Sunday evening. The coast guard said the ship was last seen on Sunday afternoon near Kurzov Island, less than 16 miles from the small rocky island where it was found.
Coast Guard Commander Trevor Rayman said he was “moving quickly to locate the missing persons,” citing several “missing persons” involved in the search.
Kingfisher Charter The company offers all-inclusive fishing packages and operates guided tours on 30-foot powerboats that can accommodate up to six anglers per boat, according to its website.
The Coast Guard did not immediately provide information on the missing fisherman.
Kingfisher Charters did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
The Sitka Fire Department and nearby civilian vessels are supporting the Coast Guard’s search efforts. The Sitka Fire Department referred all inquiries regarding the search to the Coast Guard.
Sitka attracts anglers from all over the country for king salmon and halibut fishing during the current season. Located in the southeastern Panhandle of Alaska, Sitka has more than 8,000 residents of hers across Baranof Island, according to the latest census data.
ABC News’ Jenna Harrison contributed to this report.
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